Liverpool came from behind to beat Leicester City in the EFL Cup this week. The result means that Jurgen Klopp‘s side have now won their last four games in all competitions by the scoreline of 3-1. They are in tremendous form and are second in the Premier League after winning all their games except on the opening day when they drew with Chelsea.
Tottenham Hotspur will go into this game well rested as they did not have a cup game this week as they lost to Fulham in the previous round. Spurs’ last game was a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the North London derby last weekend. They have had all week to prepare for this fixture and they could leapfrog Liverpool with a win.
Son Heung-min seems to have found the perfect replacement for Harry Kane in James Maddison who assisted him twice against the Gunners. Son has scored five goals and is currently second in the goalscoring charts to only Erling Haaland whilst Maddison is the joint top assister with four.
One of the players who has also made four assists is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian was linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League in the summer but he looks to only be focussing on playing for Liverpool right now.
Score prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool
Fulham vs. Chelsea, Monday, October 2, kick-off 20:00
Chelsea go into this West London derby on the back of beating Brighton in the EFL Cup. After Mauricio Pochettino‘s side had not won in three games, this will be a big confidence booster for the Blues.
They are currently 14th in the division, so Chelsea already has a lot of making up to do. Another positive from the win over the Seagulls was that Nicolas Jackson scored his second goal for the club. The forward has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge but will look to kick on after finally getting on the scoresheet again.
Fulham also won in the EFL Cup this week, as they defeated Norwich City 2-1. They are currently 11th in the Premier League and finding the back of the net is a problem for Marco Silva‘s side. Aleksandar Mitrovic who left the club to join Al-Hilal before the season is a big miss. His replacement Raul Jimenez is yet to score for Fulham and has not been the same player since his head injury that he suffered whilst playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, this is a derby where anything can happen and Fulham are at home so there is always hope in front of their supporters.
Score prediction: Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
West Ham vs. Sheffield United, Saturday, September 30, kick-off 15:00
Sheffield United need to respond after being thrashed 8-0 by Newcastle United in their last Premier League game. If they do not then it will be hard to see Paul Heckingbottom remaining in his post for much longer, especially with Chris Wilder reportedly waiting in the wings to succeed him.
West Ham United go into this game on the back of beating Lincoln City in the EFL Cup in midweek. Lincoln was the side that had defeated Sheffield United in the previous round. So Heckingbottom has had all week to prepare for this fixture against the Hammers.
David Moyes‘ side have lost their last two Premier League games but they were against Manchester City and Liverpool. West Ham are still an impressive seventh in the division after starting the season well. They will be looking to get back to winning ways against the struggling Blades side this weekend.
This fixture is also known as the ‘Carlos Tevez derby’ as it was the Argentine’s goals that kept West Ham in the Premier League in 2007 and sent Sheffield United down. It was then revealed that Tevez should have been ineligible to play due to third-party ownership rules. So this will add an extra bit of spice to an already very important game for Sheffield United.
Score prediction: West Ham 3-0 Sheffield United
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